Reclaim the Streets (more info here) was first born out of anti-car protest camps in the streets of London in 1991. Since then it has been taken up as a decentralised movement across world cities to claim back public space from increasingly commercialised and private interests, eaten up by shopping malls, expensive apartments and corporate advertising.
Berlin is one such example of how rising rents threaten the city’s character as a home for underground and alternative art in all its wonderful forms. From street artists to professional circus performers, musicians, the theatrical and everything in between, the public space is the symbolic heart of it all.
So, in solidarity with these ideals, our Circus Space Pirates crew set up our Zirkuszelt and sound system as part of the Reclaim the Streets resistance festival in Schillerkiez, Neukölln on Friday 25th September. We joined punk bands, street choirs, neighbourhood food sharing groups and more to show our presence in the street with an open space for kids and adults to play from afternoon until late. Great laughter was shared by all in our kinder disco! Thanks to everyone who joined forces for this high energy afternoon.